Become an RPF Registrant

The following information will help determine if you are eligible to apply for one of our Forester In Training (FIT) programs to become a Registered Professional Forester (RPF). 
Information on the requirements you must complete once you become an FIT is available on the RPF registration requirements page.

RPF Scope of Practice

RPFs are entitled to engage in the full range of practice of professional forestry to the extent consistent with their education, training, and experience.

Routes of Entry - Eligibility Requirements

Read ABCFP Bylaws 5 and 7 for information on registration.

There are three ways to become an RPF:

  1. Enroll in the Forester in Training (FIT) program
  2. Enroll in the Allied Forester in Training (ASFIT) program
  3. Enter as a Transferring Forest Professional

If you are a Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) interested in the RPF designation and do not meet the eligibility requirements for Forester In Training (FIT) or Allied Science Forester in Training (ASFIT) registration noted below, please refer to section 2.1.3. of the Registration Procedures for more information.

1. Enrol in the FIT Program

Eligibility Requirements
You must have graduated from a Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board (CFAB) accredited degree program within the last 10 years*.

CFAB accredited degree programs satisfy the core competency requirements for RPF registration as part of their program content.

*Graduates of CFAB accredited degrees that were conferred 10 or more years ago are subject to a currency review. Such applicants will be required to provide detailed information on what they have been doing since graduation to remain current with the RPF core competency standards. A more detailed review of an applicant's credentials may result in enrolment into the ASFIT program.

FIT Registration Requirements During Enrolment

Once enrolled, FITs must complete the following registration requirements:

  1. Six Experience Areas Modules
  2. Articling Requirements

Review the registration requirements pages for details. If you meet the FIT program eligibility requirements, apply for registration.

2. Enrol in the ASFIT Program

Eligibility Requirements

You must have graduated from a non-accredited program or international program. 

You may be eligible for ASFIT registration without a CFAB accredited degree if you have:

  • completed a post-secondary degree (usually a four-year, science-based program) in forestry or a related natural resources field;
  • completed an international forestry degree program (your international forestry program must have undergone a comprehensive credential assessment by an evaluation service, such as the World Education Service or International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) to verify your academic qualifications).
ASFIT Registration Requirements During Enrolment

Once enrolled, ASFITs must complete the following registration requirements:

  1. Six Experience Areas Modules
  2. Articling Requirements
  3. Core Competency Requirements

Review the registration requirements in Bylaw 7-5 for details. If you meet the ASFIT program eligibility requirements, apply for registration.

3. Transferring Forest Professional (TFP)

Eligibility Requirements

If you are an RPF in another Canadian jurisdiction, you may qualify for recognition as a RPF in BC and be granted full practice rights in BC under the provisions of the labour mobility agreements.

Visit the Transferring Forest Professional page for more information.

For Information on Eligibility

Please contact the registration department.

If you would like to confirm that you are eligible for registration, read Am I Eligible for ASFIT Registration and email us the information outlined in the document.

Apply to Become an RPF

Note: The information in this section pertains to only FIT and ASFIT candidates.

To register with the ABCFP:
  1. Apply to become a Trainee - Forester in Training
  2. Complete the Registration Requirements
  3. Become Registered

1. Apply to Become a Trainee

Before You Apply:

Apply:

Apply for Registration

See the Application to Registration Process Chart for an overview of the application approval process.

2. Complete Registration Requirements

Once your FIT or ASFIT application is approved, you are authorized to use the FIT title and designation.

FITs abide by the Standards of Ethical and Professional Conduct contained in the ABCFP Bylaws and complete the following registration requirements:

  • Six Experience Areas Modules
  • Articling Requirements
  • Core Competency Requirements (ASFITs only)

Read the specific registration pages for detailed information and see the Roadmap to Practising Registration, which illustrates how trainees proceed through the six experience areas, articling requirements, and competency requirements. Core competency checkpoints are for allied science registrants only.

For more details on becoming a trainee, see the Routes of Entry web pages and read the Registration Procedures.

3. Become an RPF

After we've confirmed that you have completed all your registration requirements, we will forward the approval of your RPF designation to council. Upon approval:

  • You will receive the RPF title and designation.
  • You will be granted authorization to practice professional forestry in BC as noted in the Scope of Practice section.
  • You will be required to meet the requirements for RPF registration.
  • You will be sent an official Certificate of Registration.
  • You will be able to order your designation stamp/seal, and/or your notarized digital signature.
  • You will be formally inducted to the ABCFP at our annual conference.

Questions: Contact the registration department.

Registration Requirements